A meaningless attempt
MARYAM ABBASI There is always a positive or negative side of technology; on one hand internet is giving knowledge to youth and on the other hand it is playing the role to vitiate the youth. Several attempts have been made by the Government of Pakistan to block the sites carrying offensive matter.
In January this year, the Federal government kicked off one of the largest online censorship sprees Pakistan has witnessed in the last decade: the blocking of over 400,000 websites termed ‘offensive’. But all of these sites are not carrying offensive content. Most of these sites contain the content like entertainment, education, medical services and hospitals, fashion sites, hotels, travel agencies, food stores. In addition, thousands of domains listed ‘to-bebanned’ host no content at all but are simply available for purchase from domain registration companies. There should be a way to choose correct sites to be blocked.
Now, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are using a web filtering solution to block websites. It is a request to Government to start taking steps in choosing right sites which are carrying offensive content to block them and block them permanently. —Via email